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Helping Grieving Parents

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

During the first week or so following the death of someone's child, we are pretty clear about how to help that parent. I am concerned, though, that in our culture, we are at a loss for how to help these parents once the first week or so has passed.

One Last Chance for the APA to Make the DSM-5 Safer

Allen Frances | Posted 02.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Is there a last-minute way for the DSM-5 to restore some of its lost credibility? A great deal of irrevocable damage has been done, but I have four simple suggestions that would help reduce the harm done by the DSM-5 and demonstrate that the APA has regained its integrity.

The Six Steps Those Widowed Should Take

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.16.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

In what is known as Widowed World, widowhood is defined as: 'A club that absolutely no one willingly joins; a state of existence that will upend your life as you knew it and forever change the rest of your life from what you had previously and carefully designed into a scary and uncertain future.'

God And Newtown: Making Sense of it All

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Looking at a tragedy like this from an Orthodox perspective we only have one answer, this was evil, there is no other way to describe it.

Grieving Newtown: Seven Lessons In Healthy Sorrow

Greg Garrett | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

I've been asked to write about theology and violence after every recent mass shooting, and I am sick to death of doing so, but the Newtown shootings feel different to me.

Bullshit National Grieving

Kent Annan | Posted 02.14.2013 | Religion
Kent Annan

Let's not desecrate this tragedy with bullshit national grieving, empty words, impotent tears. Instead let's protect our children.

Sorrow and Sandy Hook School

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Twenty children dead. Shot to death, many of them kindergartners. Pause for a moment and think what that means.

How Do We Go From Fairy Tales to Grieving Tales?

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Christina Rasmussen

We must include our children in our grief. Not only does it help them avoid the confusion of loss, but it also helps them discover their own strengths and their heart's ability to heal itself.

There Are No Words

Allison Tate | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

In Connecticut this morning, other mothers said goodbye to their children, or didn't, believing it was just an ordinary day. They sent them off to an elementary school that looks much like my own on paper. They didn't expect this.

6 Coping Mechanisms in the Aftermath of Child Trauma

Dr. Heidi Horsley | Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion
Dr. Heidi Horsley

Today's tragic events at the Sandy Hook School will require a lot of caring for the surviving children. Here is a list of my advice on how to cope with trauma involving youth.

Blue Christmas: 6 Ways for Grievers to Navigate the Holidays

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

Lights, music, festivities, and feasts all around -- but if you're grieving the loss of a loved one, it is anything but "the most wonderful time of the year." If you're grieving and are wondering how you'll survive the season, use the following six suggestions to ease the way.

Remembrance of People Passing

Michael Drew | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

This is the time of year when people recall events of the past 12 months, but more important, the lives we lost.

4 Ways to Cheat Christmas

Sheila Quirke | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Tick tock, tick tock. TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. That ain't my biological clock you're hearing, folks. That is the sound of the clock furiously racing towards Christmas, hurtling through time and space at breakneck speed that only is possible this time of year.

The Return Of Big Jon at Christmas

Guideposts | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

My mother had bought the toy for Jason when he was first diagnosed. He was handmade with felt eyes, nose and mouth, perpetually smiling. Big Jon went with him to every doctor's appointment, slept with him in every hospital bed. He offered so much more than security.

Faking the Holiday Spirit

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

Conversations that include difficulties as well as blessings bring people together. Once sorrow is expressed and comfort is received, we tend to feel better. As the burden of faking it is lifted, there is so much more energy and connection available

Your Feelings Are Your Feelings And You Are Entitled to Them

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When someone we love dies, it doesn't matter what else is going on in the world. What matters is that your loved one is dying. You have every right to feel upset no matter what else is going on around you.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 6: Reduce Comparing the Present With the Past

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

With self-compassion and patience, you can emerge from the depths of challenging times, especially if you connect with the strength that comes from truly putting your heart into the intention to move forward.

8 Tips for Enjoying Your Holiday Season

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

Many people in the midst of loss or facing a life challenge at this time of year have questions about coping with the holidays. How do you handle the holidays, especially if you don't feel like handling them at all? Read on for answers and a few great holiday suggestions.

What Does It Feel Like To Have Your Sibling Die?

Quora | Posted 02.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Shannon Holman, Poet and Builder I wrote this in 2000, when my sister Jan had been dead elev...

A Retail Christmas Story

Molly Moynahan | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Molly Moynahan

My final memory of the Christmas of 1984 was witnessing our Christmas hires tossing merchandise down to their relatives and friends waiting on the street from the windows of the store. Briefly, I wondered if I was guilty of anything, but then I recalled the spirit of Christmas.

Lessons From Friendship

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Jeanette Cajide

I learned that the only true loss a person can experience is not loving enough. I learned that even if the person is no longer in your life, true love transcends time and space.

Grieving the Loss of a Child

Ann Coyle, RN | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Ann Coyle, RN

After a death and a funeral, people return to their normal lives. But for families who have lost a child, life as they knew it stopped on the day their child died. They need to work through their grief to be able to heal.

On Coping With Loss At The Holidays

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brett Blumenthal

Here are a few holiday scenarios people commonly find themselves grappling with when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one at the holidays, and some ways to address them.

Missing A Parent During The Holidays

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although they may still savor some semblance of family togetherness, holiday joy becomes tempered by the acute awareness of the missing parent -- absent due to death, divorce, substance abuse, mental illness, even incarceration.

DSM-5 Is a Guide, Not a Bible: Simply Ignore Its 10 Worst Changes

Allen Frances | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

My best advice to clinicians, to the press, and to the general public -- be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication. Just ignore the 10 changes that make no sense.